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Cast Your Vote for the GITA Board of Directors
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Election for the 2014 Board of Directors is underway via electronic ballot sent by email. All members in good standing are encouraged to vote by Dec. 13. If you believe you are entitled to vote and have not received a ballot, please send an email to governance@gita.org.
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Join GITA's Upcoming FREE Webinar December 19
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Join the GITA's next webinar "Well Status and Classification" Thursday, December 19 at 1 p.m. Central Time, featuring Trudy Curtis, CEO, PPDM Association. More Information.
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GITA's Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference Draws Record Numbers
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GITA's 22nd Annual Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference proved to be one of the biggest and most successful conferences yet. The event, which was produced by diversified global media and information company PennWell Corporation, drew more than 600 attendees, a 30 percent increase from last year, and had more than 50 exhibitors.

Conference attendees participated in three days of workshops and seminars, which were headlined by keynote speaker John Pinkerton, Executive Chairman and Director of Range Resources Corporation and member of the executive committee of America's Natural Gas Alliance in Washington, D.C. More Information.

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Extperts: US Needs to Improve Science and Math Education
Star Gazette
The U.S. needs more scientists with expertise in satellite and geospatial imaging technology but isn't making significant progress educating high school students in basic sciences. That's the conclusion of experts who attended two separate events held in Washington. A seminar hosted by Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, focused on the need to replace scientists nearing reaching retirement age and on new jobs in the expanding field of geospatial science.
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Why Utilities are Terrible at GIS
Smart Grid News
Consultant Geoff Zeiss just put out a lengthy, thoughtful blog that encapsulates the geospatial problems faced by utilities all over the world. Geoff emphasizes the challenges without harping on the fact that most utilities are failing miserably to meet them.

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GIS, mapping and the Internet of things
Directions Magazine
How will maps interact with the Internet of Things? Will we cause actions with maps? Will a simple spatial query change traffic lights or lock gates?

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Amazon Contemplates Drones for Last Mile Delivery
Directions Magazine
There was a lot of "Gee whiz!" and corny jokes about the announcement from Amazon that the retailer is considering using drone to deliver packages to its customers' doorsteps. CEO Jeff Bezos in an interview on 60 Minutes described drone delivery within 30 minutes of order could happen within the next five years.

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Democracy Depends Upon Access to Government Geodata
Sensors & Systems
"Is my property being taxed fairly?" "Are zoning variances being granted in a consistent manner?" "Is my flood insurance rate justified?" These are the types of questions concerned citizens may ask, both in their own interest, and in the interest of maintaining a responsive and equitable democracy. Our democratic system of government is supposed to conduct the public's business fairly and consistently within the explicit directives of the citizens' elected representatives.
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The Impact of NOAA's Move to Digital-only for Nautical Charts
Directions Magazine
As early as April 2014, NOAA will discontinue printing its lithographic nautical charts in favor of its increasingly popular digital versions. Directions Magazine interviewed Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems, a company that already works with NOAA on creating a working geo-referenced digital map for use on hand-held devices, about the move to digital.
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Galileo Position Fix with Open Source Software Receiver Achieved
GPS World
For the first time, position fixes in real time using signals from Galileo have been achieved with an open source software receiver. The milestone was achieved by a research team from the Statistical Inference Department at the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, which manages the development of the open source project GNSS-SDR.
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Agencies Make Progress Streamlining Geospatial Data Gathering
Government Executive
The government has taken positive steps toward curbing duplication in the data gathering from geospatial satellites used for national security and disaster response, the Government Accountability Office recently reported. But the efforts coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget and the multi-agency Federal Geographic Data Committee have left several recommendations only partially addressed, according to testimony to a House Energy and Mineral Resources subcommittee by GAO analyst David Powner.
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GAO Report: Geospatial Duplication Can be Reduced by Coordination
Directions Magazine
The 24 page report from the Government Accountability Office, Geospatial Information: OMB and Agencies Can Reduce Duplication by Making Coordination a Priority, was made public in conjuction with testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives. The report is an update on a November 2012 report detailing how poorly coordinated data coordination efforts where across the federal government.
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Top 20 Intel Contractor s — $3.7 Million to Intel Committees in Congress
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In response to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden, the congressional committees in charge of overseeing the government's intelligence operations have come to the defense of the surveillance and data collection programs, and the agencies that administer them. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have rejected attempts to reform the programs while advancing legislation to bolster their legal status and providing a funding boost to the National Security Agency to protect their secrecy.
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